Filmmaker Oliver Stone and Salon founder and CEO David Talbot will be exploring Stone’s upcoming Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States and his latest book On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. They will be exploring how these hidden chapters of American history provide context for the rapid emergence of the Occupy Movement and the prospects for this populist upheaval leading to an American Spring.
Oliver Stone has directed: The upcoming "Savages" ('12), "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" ('10), "W." ('08), "World Trade Center" ('06), "Alexander" ('04), "Any Given Sunday" ('99), "U-Turn" ('97), "Nixon" ('95), "Natural Born Killers" ('94), "Heaven and Earth" ('93), "JFK" ('91), "The Doors" ('91), "Born On The Fourth Of July" ('89), "Talk Radio" ('88), "Wall Street" ('87), "Platoon" ('86), "Salvador" ('86), "The Hand" ('81) and "Seizure" ('73). He's written or co-written all of the above, with the exception of "U-Turn", "World Trade Center", "W.", "Wall Street: MNS".
He's also written or co-written: "Midnight Express" ('78), "Scarface" ('83), "Conan The Barbarian" ('82), "Year Of The Dragon" ('85), "Evita" ('96), and "8 Million Ways To Die" ('86).
He's directed 5 documentaries -- "Looking for Fidel" ('04), "Comandante" ('03), "Persona Non Grata" ('03), "South of the Border" ('09). Upcoming: 12-hour "Untold History of the United States" series for Showtime ('12).
He's produced or co-produced: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" ('96), "The Joy Luck Club" ('93), "Reversal of Fortune" ('90), "Savior" ('98), "Freeway" ('96), "South Central" ('98), "Zebrahead" ('92), "Blue Steel" ('90), and the ABC mini-series "Wild Palms" ('93). An Emmy was given to him and his co-producer for the HBO film "Indictment: The McMartin Trial", and he was nominated for the documentary "The Last Days of Kennedy and King".
Stone has won Oscars for directing "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "Platoon", and for writing "Midnight Express". He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He's also received three Golden Globes for directing ("Platoon", "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "JFK"), one for writing ("Midnight Express").
Stone wrote a novel, published in 1997 by St. Martin's Press, entitled "A Child's Night Dream", based on Stone's experiences as a young man. He is a contributor of some 200 pages of essays on movies, culture, politics and history to the book "Oliver Stone's USA", edited by Robert Brent Toplin and published by the University Press of Kansas (2000). Stone wrote the afterword for a book of scholarly essays analyzing his film "Alexander" called "Oliver Stone's Alexander: Film, History, and Cultural Studies" (2009).
Stone was born September 15, 1946 in New York, New York. Prior to his film career, Stone worked as a schoolteacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant, and sales representative. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.
David Talbot is the founder, former editor-in-chief and current CEO of Salon. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years," and the forthcoming "Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love," which will be published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster in spring 2012. Talbot has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and has written for numerous publications. He has been hailed as a "web pioneer" by the New York Times and "one of 50 people who matter most in the new media world" by Newsweek.
Oliver Stone, filmmaker and author of //Oliver Stone's Untold History of America//, talks with Salon founder David Talbot about alternate theories of the Kennedy assassination. Stone argues the assassination "has all the classic machinations of a black ops."
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December 15, 2011
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Join filmmaker Oliver Stone – director of films and documentaries including Platoon, Wall Street and South of the Border – in conversation with Salon founder and CEO David Talbot. They will be discussing Stone’s upcoming Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States and his latest book On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. They will be exploring how these hidden chapters of American history provide context for the rapid emergence of the Occupy Movement and the prospects for this populist upheaval leading to an American Spring.
Additionally, Stone – who directed JFK – and Talbot – who wrote the best-seller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years – will discuss their investigations into the infamous assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and their impact on American history. Expect a fearless dialogue between one of Hollywood’s most controversial figures and the author and entrepreneur hailed by Newsweek as “one of 50 people who matter most in the new media world.”
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